The High Line Blog

  • The West Side Cowboys of Death Avenue

    The wardens of Death Avenue, working tirelessly to ensure the safety of the people on the street, were none other than the West Side Cowboys. (Although some clearly didn't heed the warnings.) Photographer unknown Before the High Line became the park in the sky, before it was abandoned, before... read more
  • Introducing Our New Executive Director

    We have exciting news to share with you. After completing an extensive search, it is our great pleasure to introduce Jenny Gersten, who will be joining Friends of the High Line as its Executive Director in January. Jenny will replace Robert Hammond, who earlier this year announced his plans to... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Swamp Sunflower

    The yellow flowers of the swamp sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) are a beautiful sight on the High Line in autumn. Photo by Friends of the High Line The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running ... read more
  • Photo of the Week: Stargazing on the High Line

    This month, Tuesday evenings are best spent gazing at the stars on the High Line. Photo by Oliver Rich Come observe the celestial bodies above the High Line. On Tuesday evenings through the end of the month, the Amateur Astronomers Association will set up their high-powered telescopes to prov... read more
  • VIDEO: Transforming Fresh Kills, Staten Island

    Freshkills Park Administrator Eloise Hirsh spoke eloquently about the former-landfill turned oasis. "Like the High Line, it is a park of the 21st century," she said of Freshkills. Photo by Liz Ligon How do we transform a once-notorious landfill into a beautiful New York City park? On Mon... read more
  • Plant of the Week: Bluebird Smooth Aster

    Bluebird smooth aster is a magnet for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Photo by Friends of the High Line The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includ... read more
  • Photo of the Week: 10th Avenue Square

    The best seat in the house is looking out on 10th Avenue, on the High Line at West 17th Street. Photo by Eric La Surprise, it still feels like summer! Visitors have been flocking to the Sunken Overlook in the 10th Avenue Square to relax and soak in the sun while the weather remains nice. Thi... read more
  • Art Gone Wild

    Carol Bove’s Celeste (2013) peeks through the Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota) at the rail yards. Photo by Timothy Schenck Carol Bove’s organic shapes and weathered metals seem to sprout from the natural landscape on the undeveloped section of the High Line at the Rail Yards like the green gr... read more
  • Story Behind the Shot: Fall Landscape

    In celebration of our new 18-month High Line Calendar, we’re exploring each month’s featured image to bring you more of the behind-the-scenes details. October’s calendar image is a vibrant autumn landscape shot by High Line Photographer Steven Severinghaus. This image was taken during one o... read more
  • What Makes La Newyorkina’s Paletas So Delicious?

    Fany Gerson, owner of La Newyorkina, carefully selects jalapeños for her paletas. Photo by Friends of the High Line If anyone knows how to source and pick fruit and vegetables, it’s Fany Gerson of La Newyorkina. Her famous paletas, inspired by her upbringing in Mexico and her culinary training ... read more